The pergola is not only an excellent way to install a shaded corner in your garden, but it also allows you to enjoy the outdoors all year round since it also protects against bad weather, such as wind and rain. In short, it is the ideal compromise between the veranda and the awning. But how to choose it well? To help you find your way around, here are 5 simple but effective tips that will allow you to choose the pergola that suits you in no time!

1. Which material to choose for the pergola?

First of all, it is necessary to determine the material of your pergola. Indeed, you have the choice between:

  • A wooden pergola : affordable in terms of budget, but requires regular maintenance.
  • A aluminum pergola : slightly more expensive to buy, but the advantage is that it does not require any maintenance and above all that it has an exceptional lifespan.
  • A steel or wrought iron pergola : here too regular maintenance will be necessary to prevent rust.
  • A PVC pergola : less expensive but also less qualitative since its longevity is limited.

2. Which material to choose for the roof of the pergola?

Now that you have chosen what your pergola will be made of, it is now time to think about the material that will make up the roof of the latter:

  • Adjustable slats (also called bioclimatic pergola) : the most expensive solution but also the most comfortable because the slats allow you to choose the desired level of brightness.
  • The Web : it is possible to remove it in winter to take full advantage of the sun, but it is not suitable in regions exposed to the wind.
  • The glazed roof : requires regular maintenance because it tends to get dirty quickly, not to mention that in the middle of summer it can create a small greenhouse effect that is not always pleasant.
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3. What type of pergola to choose?

You now have a clearer idea of ​​what your pergola will look like. From now on, you will have to determine its location in your garden. You can then choose between:

  • A backed pergola : composed of two posts, it is fixed directly to the wall of the house, which makes it a real extension of the house. Compact, it adapts perfectly to terraces.
  • A removable pergola : inexpensive, it can be assembled and disassembled easily. It is recommended for those who do not wish to install a permanent structure, but only for an occasion for example (wedding, birthday, etc.).
  • A freestanding (or self-supporting) pergola : composed of four posts that support it, it can be installed anywhere in the garden.

4. Which accessories to choose?

If you wish, you can also opt for accessories that will make your pergola more comfortable. For instance, installation of rain or wind sensors can allow the slats to close automatically in the event of bad weather, thus avoiding damage to the garden furniture located under the pergola. Of the foggers and mosquito nets can also be installed, which can be particularly pleasant in hot weather. Conversely, a heater can be installed to take full advantage of the pergola in cool weather.

Moreover, in terms of decoration, climbing plants can help decorate a pergola. As is the case with LED lighting which will bring a warm atmosphere in the evening.

And for protect the pergola from view and/or windblinds, curtains and even fixed walls can be installed.

5. What authorization to install a pergola?

Installing a pergola does not require no particular approach as long as it does not exceed 5 m² on the ground.

On the other hand, if its area is greater than 5 m² and less than 20 m²a simple declaration in town hall is necessary.

Finally, if the pergola is intended for exceed 20 m² on the groundan application for a building permit is mandatory.

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